For most people, work is more organizing (your space, your time, your emotions) than doing. The challenge is when you feel like the organizing so overwhelms your chance to focus on doing. I now work for myself, but work with a number of different institutions and people. I have noticed that, while everyone has their own process, most people’s feel derailed when the balance gets skewed. You have a week of deadlines when you put off the maintenance tasks and then someone sends you a nasty email, and, BOOM, stress overwhelms you. I have started setting a meeting with myself at the end of every week. I take about 30 minutes to reflect on the good, bad, and funny. This process has helped me maintain some semblance of order in the face of chaos. A weekly personal check-in can be particularly useful for those pesky emotional feelings that seep out of your workday and into your personal life.

2 thoughts on “Keeping it Together: Workplace Organization

  • January 24, 2018 at 8:51 am
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    I love this! Thank you for sharing. I’m curious – as a consultant, have you done this at the end of each project? I wonder whether the challenges, stresses and successes are similar for similar projects, or if they vary a great deal depending on the culture of the organization you are working with?

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    • January 24, 2018 at 12:06 pm
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      Thanks! I have indeed used this, and it is has helped me personally on projects. But, you bring up a good point…people could modify. I would say–use it first like this and try it. Then amend. The joys part is the one that people want to drop off, but then I think many people fill the space with stresses and challenges :> For clients, I have started just doing it, and emailing a quick bullet point list of each category.

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